Week 10 Bristol & District review

TOM Laver (pictured, image courtesy Brian Rossiter) hammered a hundred while there were five wickets for Owen Onslow as Bradley Stoke completed a fine 113-run home win over leaders Bedminster 2nds in the Senior Division of the Martin Berrill Bristol & District League.

Laver was eventually out for 113 off 118 (15 fours, two sixes) while there was also 57 from opening partner James Fletcher in a total of 279-6 after losing the toss.

In reply, Bedminster were always battling against Onslow (5-44) and skipper Ash Baber (3-40) as they suffered only their second defeat of the campaign.

Bradley Stoke stay third but, with eight rounds of games to go, trail Frenchay by only three points and are 27 behind Bedminster as the race warms up for the two promotion places to WEPL.

On a day when the weather had the final word in many matches, Frenchay wasted no time in completing an eight-wicket home win over Timsbury who were rushed out for 76 after losing the toss, Chare Smith (3-21) and Eddie Williams (3-24) making inroads ahead of Mike Donaldson (36 not) leading the victory charge.

Aaron Neal (5-14) and Khalid Ali (4-14) shone in Coalpit Heath’s 33-run victory at Claverham while Babar Parvaiz’s unbeaten 47 ensured a five-wicket triumph for Pak Bristolians in a rain-hit home date against Clevedon 2nds.

Jamie Studley (4-26) helped leaders Winterbourne 2nds dispatch Bath 3rds by seven wickets in Division One.

And in Division two, three wickets apiece for Aaron Jones and Jack Kewley saw Almondsbury to a 108-run defeat of Cleeve.

It was closer at Bitton where Bohemians completed an 11-run success, Mike Ley (4-26) and Martin Worndl (54 not) enjoying fine days.

Opener Adnan Cheema cracked 112 off 87 (eight fours, nine sixes) for leaders Pakistani Express who piled up 344-7 away to Bedminster 3rds in Division Three ahead of completing a 124-run victory.

And skipper Amul Desai led from the front with 48 and a return of 3-12 from six for St Mary Redcliffe in a nine-run home defeat of Twyford House 2nds.

One of the innings of the day came in Division Six from Josh Stevenson who powered 142 off 101 balls for Pucklechurch in a 123-run victory away to Bristol United Banks.

The opener faced 101 deliveries and pounded 13 fours and nine sixes in a total of 301-6 before Banks fell well short in another weather-affected clash.

Joaquin McLoughlin, meanwhile, finished with 6-13 from seven for Bristol West Indian Phoenix 3rds who overcame Chipping Sodbury 4ths by seven wickets in Division 14.

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